Texas head coach Shaka Smart calls a play as Texas takes on TCU during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

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Texas recruiting trail: Basketball playoffs

Posted February 24th, 2016


In the state of Texas, girls and boys basketball playoffs are underway and the bulk of the Longhorns’ women’s and men’s basketball recruits are vying – or were vying – for state championships.

Here’s a look snap shot of how they’re doing.

Women’s basketball:


Joyner Holmes, Cedar Hill High School, Cedar Hill, Texas

The No. 2 overall recruit in the nation is already signed with the Longhorns, dotting on the line last fall. While one Longhorn career is on the verge of blossoming, her other Longhorn career with the Cedar Hill Longhorns has come to an end. The 27-win, No. 16-ranked Cedar Hill squad lost to Plano West in the Class 6A regional quarterfinals on Tuesday, 59-57. Holmes scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss.

Alecia Sutton, Parkway North High School, St. Louis

A 5-star point guard from St. Louis tore her ACL in December and is out for the season.

Jada Underwood, Horn High School, Mesquite, Texas

The 6-foot, 3-star recruit from Horn High School had her high school career end on Tuesday against Waco Midway. Horn lost 68-58 and finishes the season 22-6.

Men’s basketball:

James Banks, La Lumiere School, La Porte, Ind. 

New Texas signee James Banks has been playing organized team basketball only three years. (Photo via adidas)
New Texas signee James Banks has been playing organized team basketball only three years. (Photo via adidas)

The 6-foot-10-inch, 4-star big man from Indiana signed in November. Banks’ team won’t start the playoffs until next month. But his team is ranked No. 16 in the nation by Maxpreps.com and is 24-2 overall.

Jacob Young, Yates High School, Houston

A 4-star guard from the Houston powerhouse that is Yates, Young has his team sitting at 24-3 overall. Yates beat Tomball Memorial 95-65 on Tuesday and will play Temple on Friday. Young scored 32 points against Tomball Memorial.

Andrew Jones, MacArthur High School, Irving, Texas

The McDonald’s All-American guard from MacArthur committed to Texas in December and is, so far, the biggest catch of the recruiting season for Shaka Smart and the Longhorns. MacArthur went 22-8 this season and lost in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday, falling in overtime to Highland Park, 70-68. Jones scored 29 in the game while also grabbing seven rebounds and swiping four steals.


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